Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
|Hugh Taylor Birch State Park|
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
|Location||Broward County, Florida, USA|
|Nearest city||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|Governing body||Florida Department of Environmental Protection|
Among the wildlife of the park are the gopher tortoise, eastern indigo snake, butterflies, and turtles. Visitors also can see gray squirrels, marsh rabbits, and opossums, as well as more than 200 species of wading birds, hawks, and ducks.
Amenities include canoe rental, a mile-long freshwater lagoon, two short trails, a beach, picnic areas, and a group/youth campground. In recent years, an outdoor restaurant and bar joint, Park&Ocean, was built on the outskirts of the park overlooking the ocean.
Terramar Visitor Center
The Terramar Visitor Center is located in the Mediterranean and Art Deco style home of Hugh Taylor Birch, an attorney for Standard Oil who built his home in 1940. The visitor center is open from 9:00am until 4:00pm, Monday through Friday. Terramar features exhibits about Hugh Taylor Birch, the history of Fort Lauderdale, Florida ecology and wildlife of the park's ecosystem.
Florida state parks are open between 8 a.m. and sundown every day of the year (including holidays).
- http://www.friendsofbirchstatepark.org/story.htm Story of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
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